Although things looked pretty dicey for the first couple of weeks, the San Francisco 49ers have been able to get by with a sub-par wide receiver core, a core that is expected to be vastly improved in a matter of weeks.
Not only is Mario Manningham set to return in the very near future (he has yet to be ruled out for the 49ers’ game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London this weekend) but Michael Crabtree is also on the mend.
According to ESPN, it’s expected that Crabtree will return in ‘about a month’:
All of these players’ activation — including Michael Crabtree when he’s ready to return from a torn Achilles in a month or so — will require a player being released from the 53-man roster.
The 49ers go into their bye week after their game Sunday in London, meaning in a best case scenario, Crabtree could be ready for San Francisco’s game against the New Orleans Saints on November 17th.
If he’s not ready by then, it’s possible (barring any setbacks) a Week 12 return against the Washington Redskins is when Crabtree will make his season debut.